The four elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—inspired the resort’s design. Suites feature stone floors, concrete walls, fireplaces, and expansive desert views. Relax with a hydrotherapy treatment at the spa or a swim in one of the pools. From $1,200/night; amanresorts.com Aman Resorts
Long-lasting, low-maintenance decks become a reality
If you’ve got the kind of friends who are more likely to show up for an afternoon of barbecue and chilled Dogfish Head than a weekend of deck scrubbing and sealing, consider the kind of maintenance it will require — materials make a difference.